Hyatt has unveiled the restored Hotel du Palais Biarritz, two years after the property joined the group’s Unbound Collection.
The property was first built in 1854 by Napoleon III for his wife Eugénie de Montijo, and is the only hotel on the French Atlantic Coast to be recognised with “Palace” status.
The majority of the hotel’s 86 rooms and 56 suites have been “meticulously restored to reflect the palace’s iconic past in French history”, with rooms on the top floor featuring “an extraordinary marine ambiance, highlighted by nautical themes reminiscent of cruise ships with rounded windows and portholes”.
Facilities include La Rotonde restaurant, offering dishes from the Pays Basque region, and Napoleon III Bar with its selection of gins, whiskeys, and vintage champagne.
The 3,000 sqm Imperial Spa is spread over four floors, and features an indoor freshwater pool, whirlpool, hammam and sauna, while outside there is a second seawater pool, with cabanas and a private changing room.
The hotel will remain open until November 1, 2021, when it will close again for the final phase of the restoration programme, reopening for summer 2022.
To celebrate the unveiling, and the recent opening of the 1,000th Hyatt hotel worldwide, World of Hyatt members can earn 1,000 bonus points per qualifying night when staying at the Hotel du Palais between April 1 and June 30, 2021.
The hotel is one of three properties within Hyatt’s Unbound Collection in France, the other two being the Hotel du Louvre in Paris and Hotel Martinez in Cannes. Other hotels within the collection in Europe include The Wellem in Dusseldorf, the Parisi Udvar Hotel Budapest, and Great Scotland Yard Hotel in London.
Commenting on the news Alessandro Cresta, general manager at Hotel du Palais, said:
“We are delighted to welcome guests to the extraordinary Hôtel du Palais in Biarritz. Whether they wish to cross the majestic threshold for a stay at the hotel, a drink at Bar Napoleon III or lunch with the family at our fine-dining restaurant, La Rotonde, guests can enjoy a truly magical experience during their stay.
“During the renovation process it’s been of the utmost importance for us to preserve the rich heritage and DNA of the palace that makes it the perfect destination when visiting Biarritz and the Basque Country. We look forward to inviting guests and inspiring collectible moments through bespoke experiences that spark new narratives of their own.”